Bicycling is booming in Springfield and around the state of Illinois! Many have taken up or resumed cycling for recreation and transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bike shops have seen unprecedented growth in sales at a time when many large cycling events are on hold.
Springfield area residents and visitors are asking where they can take a safe, enjoyable ride. The new Springfield Area Bicycle Map is intended to help meet this need.
The map was originally produced by Ride Illinois with input from the City of Springfield’s Bicycle Advisory Council and Department of Public Works. Tom Clark, with the Springfield Bicycle Club, spearheaded the effort to update the popular Springfield Area Bicycle Map. The map is intended to encourage bicycling as a form of recreation and transportation. Area bike shops, Visit Springfield, Downtown Springfield, Scheels, and other sponsors helped fund the update, the first since 2012.
You can pick up a map at area bike shops and sponsors.
Map features include:
The map encourages bicycle tourism through:
The map also serves to recognize Bicycle Friendly Places designated by the League of American Bicyclists, including City of Springfield, University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), Maldaner’s Restaurant and Catering, Illinois Department of Revenue, and the Springfield YMCA, as well as the sponsors of twelve bike repair stations located around the area.
A bikeshare program is coming to the City and University of Illinois Springfield in 2021. Users of the map can scan the QR code on the front or back to download the Gotcha app. Once the program launches, they will be able to use the app to find a bikeshare hub, check out a bike, and ride.